October 2021 Advocacy Update


New and Noteworthy:

Toronto Official Plan Review – Stakeholder Meetings

City of Toronto

There remain a few meetings in the City’s Official Plan Review consultation process, in the series of meetings as part of the Official Plan Review consultation process.

Highlights of progress to date:

  • Indigenous Engagement
      • The City’s Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee requested City Planning staff to amplify Indigenous voices into the engagement process of Our Plan Toronto. The City is actively looking at opportunities to include and integrate First Nations traditional knowledge in the Official Plan, and to build towards Indigenous self-determination in Toronto.
  • Community Leaders Circle
      • This group will support the Official Plan Review and ensure there is a strong focus on social equity in the approach to engagement and the policies that are developed. Meetings will be held over the fall and winter as the project progresses.
  • Stakeholder Meetings
      • A range of organizations, businesses and community groups have already participated in discussions with the City on the vision for Toronto in 2051.
  • Employment Land Conversions
      • Last month, the one-year window closed for the City to receive requests to convert lands designated as Core Employment Areas or General Employment Areas for non-employment uses. The City received approximately 150 requests to convert employment lands for non-employment uses. City staff are now reviewing these and will report to the Planning and Housing Committee in the coming months.

There are two conversations to talk about the planning process (and direction) for the updated plan; register for the afternoon here, or register for the evening here.

Ongoing NAIOP Initiatives:

NAIOP participates in Toronto’s Review of Parking Requirements for New Development

City of Toronto 


The guiding principle for the review is that: “Parking zoning standards should allow only the maximum amount of parking reasonably required for a given land use. Minimums should be avoided except where necessary to ensure equitable access.”

Staff is proposing to:

  • Eliminate parking minimums city-wide
  • Maintain requirement for minimal level of service and maintenance parking
  • Maintain requirement for accessible parking with new formula
    Introduce parking maximums city-wide
  • Set a level of former minimum parking requirement
    Where uses are combined, adjust maximums as necessary to ensure none are increased
  • The proposal also includes requirements regarding: EV readiness, bike parking, and infrastructure to support low parking rates

Next Steps:

  • Staff to refine the proposal based on feedback received
  • Nov. 25 – Proposal to go to Planning and Housing Committee
  • Dec. 15-16 – If approved, file to go to City Council

Thank you for attending!

Thank you for joining NAIOP and Ontario’s Minister of Finance, the Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy at NAIOP’s Annual Government Relations Event. We hope you enjoyed the discussion on how the Ministry of Finance is approaching issues facing the commercial development industry today moderated by Paul Brown from Campbell Strategies.

LOOKING FOR MORE? Watch the recording. 

Links to Ontario’s Guidance on Vaccine Requirements

As you know, OnGov released regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support implementing proof of vaccination. Here are the guiding tools:

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